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PR: Nickelodeon Greenlights 14 New Live-Action and Animated Series, TV Movies, and Pilots

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NICKELODEON GREENLIGHTS 14 NEW LIVE-ACTION AND ANIMATED SERIES, TV MOVIES AND PILOTS NEW YORK (August 3, 2012) – Nickelodeon announced today that it has greenlit over a dozen new live-action, animation and TV movie projects – featuring top creative talent in front of and behind the camera, iconic characters from its most popular series and […]

Otakon 2012: Masao Maruyama on Founding MAPPA

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Honorary Otakon staffer Masao Maruyama came back to Otakon once again to share his stories about the founding of his new production company MAPPA, and their new production Kids on the Slope. Mr. Maruyama open the panel by showing the opening and closing animation for Kids on the Slope along with a commercial the company […]

SDCC2012: Panel Report - Filmation and Lou Scheimer: Celebrating a Generation of Animation and TV Heroes

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The Filmation panel at the San Diego Comic-Con 2012 focused on the discussion of Lou Scheimer’s career and his significant contributions to the industry. In attendance were Lou Scheimer (in his final convention appearance), Tom Tataranowicz, Darrell McNeil, Buzz Dickson and Sid Haig, with Andy Mangels moderating. The panelists spoke about their own Filmation memories […]

NY Times on Disney's "Doc McStuffins" and Diversity

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Facebook, a new animated series which premiered on the Disney Channel in March and has gone on to ratings and merchandising success, defying conventional wisdom that non-white lead characters in animated series are not as successful in either. The show and its young African-American female lead character has made an extremely positive impression on many […]

SDCC2012: Panel Report for Racebending.com: Creating Spaces for Diverse Characters and Representations

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Racebending, just in case you’re unfamiliar with the term, is the act of casting a live-action actor of a different ethnicity or race than the character he or she is portraying. The act itself has been prevalent in media for many years, though the specific instance that gave life to the term was the live-action movie of Avatar: […]

Otakon 2012: Viz Media Panel Report

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Viz Media’s industry panel was hosted by Eric Eberhardt, Marketing Manager for Weekly Shonen Jmp Alpha and ShonenJump.com writer Urian Brown. The pair began by promoting Viz’s upcoming 24-hour, subscription-based channel Neon Alley, which will include weekly premieres of dubbed and uncut anime. In mid-July, the channel’s platform was confirmed to be the Playstation 3 […]

"Beware the Batman" Reported to Be Under Review After Aurora, CO Shootings

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Variety reports that the upcoming new animated series Beware the Batman is undergoing a review in the wake of the recent shootings in Aurora, CO, at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. The article cites multiple anonymous sources, and notes that alterations have been made to designs and situations to minimize the amount […]

Norman Alden, RIP

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Character actor Norman Alden, who voiced Aquaman on the iconic 1970s SuperFriends series, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 87. Alden, whose IMDb page lists 237 titles to his credit, performed mostly in a series of one-time appearances in live-action TV shows. He made his debut in 1957 and worked steadily for […]

"Dark Knight Rises" Continues to Top Box Office Charts

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Ice Age: Continental Drift grossed $13.3 million over the weekend, giving the animated title the second spot on the box office charts and cumulative gross of $114.8 million, Box Office Mojo reports. The Dark Knight Rises took the top spot with a gross of $64.1 million. Brave sank to seventh place, being bumped by freshman […]

Otakon 2012: Sentai Filmworks Announces "Grave of the Fireflies" Blu-ray and More

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At its industry panel on Sunday morning, Sentai Filmworks’ David Williams announced that the company had acquired the rights to release the Studio Ghibli’s 1988 film Grave of the Fireflies on Blu-ray. Directed by Isao Takahata, the film is an adaptation of a semi-autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka that depicts the struggle of two Japanese […]

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